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Black media enterprises look different today than they did decades ago, but both the original institutions and their 21st century counterparts have remained a cultural force in the African American community. Blacks in Media: A One-on-One Interview with Ed Lewis features an exploration into the creation of one of the nation’s most enduring African American brands, Essence Magazine. CNN news anchor Laura Jarrett conducts a one-on-one interview with its co-founder and chairman and publisher emeritus of Essence Communications Edward Lewis. Born in the South Bronx with a life shaped by black women, Lewis would go on to be the last founder standing. The interview will explore his life and career as well as the impact that Essence has and continues to have on the media landscape and where its legacy fits in the historical continuum. The discussion also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers MediaMakers Advisory Committee. Tune in to this informative conversation on the ins and outs of black media, where it began, and the path it’s on now. 

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube at 12:00 noon EST on Monday, December 14th, 2020 as the fourteenth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.

Advisory Board

A'Lelia Bundles Founder, Madam C. J. Walker Family Archives
A'Lelia Bundles
Madam C. J. Walker Family Archives
Beatrice L. Hines Columnist, Miami Herald
Beatrice L. Hines
Miami Herald 
Carol H. Williams Owner, President, CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Carol H. Williams Agency
Carol H. Williams
Owner, President, CEO & Chief Creative Officer
Carol H. Williams Agency 
Dorothy R. Leavell Chair, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Editor & Publisher, The Crusader Newspaper Group
Dorothy R. Leavell
National Newspaper Publishers Association
Editor & Publisher
The Crusader Newspaper Group 
Esther ET Franklin President, Global Strategy, Spark Foundry
Esther ET Franklin
Global Strategy, Spark Foundry 
Henry W. McGee  Founder President, HBO Entertainment
Henry W. McGee 
Founder President
HBO Entertainment 
Leon Dash Swanlund Chair Professor of Journalism, University of Illinois
Leon Dash
Swanlund Chair Professor of Journalism
University of Illinois
Pamela Newkirk  Professor, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute New York University
Pamela Newkirk 
Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute New York University 


Date and Time

Monday, December 14, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

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